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The 2015 Top 40 Under 40 Military
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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John J. Hamann

Navy, LT

Master’s Degree Student in Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University

Navy CDR Edmund Swearingen says LT John J. Hamann “is the finest junior officer I’ve ever worked with.” Hamann worked for Swearingen as an Operational Test Director for Navy mine warfare systems. During his Navy career, Hamann flew 97 sorties and medevacs for humanitarian assistance to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He volunteers with the Knights of Columbus, raising money for Catholic charities, disabled children and education. Hamann is also working towards his Master’s in Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Joe Haury

Air Force, Maj

General Manager of Parts Logistics for Mercedes-Benz USA

Since March, Joe Haury has been General Manager of Parts Logistics for Mercedes-Benz USA, responsible for leading a 250 member team dispersed across the country. Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “He truly embodies our core principles, which include passion, respect, integrity, drive and excellence,” says Robert Moran, Director, Corporate Communications. During his time in the Air Force, former Maj Haury completed two flight test programs that upgraded B-2 stealth bomber technology.

Ryan Hess

Air Force, Capt

Flight Commander, 42nd Attack Squadron, Creech AFB, NV

Air Force Capt Ryan Hess is a Flight Commander with the 42nd Attack Squadron at Creech AFB, NV, and calls that his “day job.” However, in his free time, he’s heavily involved with the Las Vegas Theatre Community and has appeared in several shows here in Vegas. Hess was in one production that was nominated for multiple awards and that also raised significant funds for local cultural centers. In spring 2014, he received a Masters of the Arts in International Relations from Oklahoma University.

Justin Kloppe

Marines, SSgt

Maintenance Management Specialist

Marine SSgt Justin Kloppe teaches Marines how to be maintenance managers. For the past 18 months, he has been the course manager for basic and intermediate Maintenance Management Specialist Courses. He has conducted over 2,500 hours of training, with a 100 percent graduation rate for over 375 students. Kloppe intends to retire with the Marines in 2024. He received an MBA in Operations Management from American intercontinental University in 2014. He conducts training with the Marine Corps Water Survival School.

Fred Koons

Army, SSG

Director of Marketing / Sahl Communications

Fred Koons’ previous military experience, coupled with his “outstanding” leadership ability, “makes him a perfect fit for the senior management team at Sahl Communications in Bethlehem, PA”, says Kim Plyler, President/CEO. Koons, a former Army SSG, is the company’s Director of Marketing. All told, Koons spent three years deployed with an infantry platoon or small advisory team in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was part of the Platoon (3rd PLT, Attack Co., 3-7 Infantry, 4BCT, 3ID) that found the remains of two captured 10th Mountain Soldiers in 2008.

Sean R. McCann

Navy, LT

C5I System-of-systems Test Director at SPAWAR

Navy LT Sean McCann currently serves as C5I System-of-systems Test Director at SPAWAR. “I plan an end-to-end systems test for all Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems and Information (C5I) systems installed on Navy ships,” he says. For the last 18 months, McCann has been a Team Leader for Urban Angels, a San Diego volunteer organization that donates food and coordination to feed the homeless. He also completed unguided ascents of Mount Rainier and Mount Baker in Washington State in 2013.

Shea McCullough

Army, SGT

Master’s student at Forbes School of Business, Ashford University

During a 15-month deployment to Iraq, Army SGT Shea McCullough escorted high-ranking officials on combat patrols. McCullough “was engaged in countless firefights with enemy combatants and struck with multiple Improvised Explosive Devises on a daily basis,” says Lance Laraby, who was in the same platoon. He later became a supervisor with Criminal Investigation Division. He has a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Ashford University. He will graduate in 2016 with a Master’s (specialization in project management) at Ashford’s Forbes School of Business.

Travis “TC” McNeil

Army, SFC

Executive Trainer, Saladmaster Inc.

Travis McNeil spent 10 years in the Army working in Human Resources and as a Medic. While at his last duty station at Ft. Carson, CO, SFC McNeil became a part-time salesperson for Saladmaster Inc. He decided to go full-time when he was discharged in September 2013, says Shirley Loutzenhiser, VP of Dealer Development. “Through his outstanding performance, he was then promoted to Senior Dealer within our company,” Loutzenhiser says. Today, he works as an Executive Trainer on the Saladmaster staff.

Seth Michael

Air Force, SrA

Senior Field Manager, Myrrh Consulting in Apopka, FL

Now a Reservist, SrA Seth Michael has established himself as “an elite performer,” says (Ret.) MSgt Mike Hervey. He is a Senior Field Manager at Myrrh Consulting in Apopka, FL. Michael helps clients in Myrrh’s automotive sector grow topline revenue by installing the company’s proprietary revenue-building system. He’s working on his MBA in Project Management at Liberty University. During his military service, he won Airman of the year honors and represented Dyess Air Force base in competing in two Air Force marathons.

Brian M. Misuraca

Air Force, TSgt

Flight Chief, Aircrew Flight Equipment, 36th Operations Support Squadron, Guam

Air Force TSgt Brian M. Misuraca is consistently “a leader of high performing teams,” says CPT Carl Morlock at Andersen AFB in Guam. “He has graduated in the top 10 percent of every military school that he has attended,” Morlock says. Currently, as Flight Chief for Aircrew Flight Equipment in Guam, Misuraca is supporting initiatives in the Pacific to build capability for B-52 bombers. He expects to complete an MBA program through Kelley School of Business at Indiana University by July 2017.







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